Catholic Archbishop Joseph Naumann criticized President Joe Biden last week for restoring taxpayer funding to groups that treat the killing of unborn babies in abortions as a method of family planning.
Naumann, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement after Biden began steps to get rid of President Donald Trump’s Protect Life Rule for Title X family planning funds, the Catholic News Service reports.
“Although the Catholic bishops have grave concerns about government promotion of contraceptives, we have long supported efforts to ensure that the provision and promotion of abortion is kept physically and financially out of the pre-pregnancy family planning services provided through the Title X program,” said Naumann, of Kansas City, Kansas.
On Thursday, Biden began rolling back Trump’s Title X policy, which defunded the Planned Parenthood abortion chain of more than $50 million taxpayer dollars.
Title X provides family planning and other health services for low-income individuals. Trump’s rule required agencies that participate in the program to either not do abortions or to completely separate their abortion businesses from their health services. Planned Parenthood could have complied with the rule, but instead it opted out, prioritizing abortions over women’s health.
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Naumann said Biden’s action Thursday not only is immoral but it also “may be unlawful” because it contradicts the original intent of the program.
According to CNS, “Section 1008 of the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act of 1970, which enacted Title X, states that ‘none of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.’”
The archbishop said Trump’s rule drew “a bright line between abortion and family planning.”
“By rescinding this rule, the [Biden] administration will be forcing abortion into a pre-pregnancy program specifically designed to exclude abortion; a move which is immoral, impractical and may also be unlawful,” Naumann said.
The archbishop emphasized that killing an unborn baby is not a “back up” if family planning does not work.
“Abortion takes the life of an already-conceived and growing child, and most Americans agree that abortion should not be used as a method of family planning or as a ‘back up’ for failed family planning,” he said.
In a statement last week, Biden mentioned that Title X funds do not pay for abortions. However, he argued that the 1970 act “places no further abortion-related restrictions on recipients of Title X funds.”
Title X funds are supposed to be used to help low-income women and men receive birth control, cancer screenings and other health care services. While the tax money cannot be used to pay for abortions directly, it indirectly has funded Planned Parenthood’s vast abortion business for years.
Naumann also expressed grief last week after Biden signed another order to rescind the Mexico City Policy and promote “the destruction of [unborn] human lives in developing nations.”
“It is grievous that one of President Biden’s first official acts actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations,” he responded in a statement.
A new poll from Marist found that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose Biden’s plan to force taxpayers to fund abortions. According to the poll, 77 percent oppose using tax dollars to support abortion in other countries – which Biden did Thursday by repealing the Mexico City Policy. Significantly, this includes a majority of Democrats (55 percent) and pro-choice Americans (64 percent).
Most Americans (58 percent) also oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the U.S., according to the Marist poll. Similarly, a Politico/Harvard University poll found that just 36 percent of likely voters supported taxpayer funding for abortions, while 58 percent opposed it.
The abortion industry is not hurting for money. Planned Parenthood has been reaping in billion-dollar revenues for the past several years. According to its most recent annual report, it aborted more than 345,000 unborn babies last year while collecting more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars.